Read: Daughter of Smoke & Bone

10 January, 2015

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
From Goodreads: Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages--not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.

When one of the strangers--beautiful, haunted Akiva--fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

It took me two separate times to get through this book, but once I really got into it, the only thing that kept me from finishing it in one session was real life and my job. I wanted to finish really it like it was my job.

I loved the imagery this book presented and the story wrapped around it. It felt a little like an adult sized version of Narnia with a dash of Romeo and Juliet. Two worlds colliding with Karou in the middle of it, trying to figure out the truth about herself.

The ending left me feeling a little "eh". I wanted more. And it terms of a cliffhanger, it left little to be desired but kept me on the hook enough that I've ordered the 2nd book to the series and can't wait to dive into it as soon as it arrives!

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